Friday, September 28, 2007

Flooding in East Africa

People carrying bundles of their belongings on their heads crossing River Moroto [Pic: Hudson Apunyo]

Photo via BBC News.

Since returning, I have not said much about Uganda or told you much about the incredible organizations with whom I worked. Today, I have to share. Massive flooding in Uganda has left over 1/3 of the country depending on disaster relief. Many of those in the north who are displaced are now displaced again. There is a desperate need for medical supplies, in order to prevent further disease spread and death. ReNUH (Restoring Northern Uganda's Healthcare) is an amazing organization I saw on the ground and (after all the time I spent in the hospital with Joyce) believe in entirely. They are staging an emergency campaign to get medical supplies to those communities who need it most. They are gratefully accepting monetary donations as well as physical donations. And it's all tax deductible! There is a desperate need for:
  • Blankets
  • Clothing
  • Tarps
  • For malaria: Lumartem or other Artemesian-based combination therapies, insecticide treated mosquito nets
  • For cholera: Oral rehydration salts, IV fluids, ringer lactate
  • For respiratory infection: Ampicillin, penicillin, amoxicillin, choramphenicol, co-trimoxazole, (fever reducer) paracetamol
  • Other items: ARV's, anti-venom, deworming pills, water purification tablets, latex gloves
The situation is dire. If you are connected to a health care facility, or are moved to help in any way, learn more here. Your pennies can move mountains. Pass it on.

1 comment:

julie said...

Oh my gosh, its so sad to hear this.